Virginia State Route 61

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State Route 61
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 48.16 mi[1][2][3] (77.51 km)
Existed: 1933 – present
Major junctions
West end: SR 16 in Tazewell
 

US 19 / US 460 in Tazewell
US 52 in Rocky Gap
I‑77 in Rocky Gap

SR 100 in Narrows
East end: US 460 in Narrows
Location
Counties: Tazewell, Bland, Giles
Highway system
US 60 SR 62

Virginia State Route 61 (SR 61) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. The state highway runs 48.16 miles (77.51 km) from SR 16 in Tazewell east to U.S. Route 460 (US 460) in Narrows. SR 61 passes through several narrow creek valleys as it parallels the West Virginia state line through Tazewell, Bland, and Giles counties. The only sizeable community between the highway's endpoints is Rocky Gap, where the highway meets US 52 and Interstate 77 (I-77).

Route description[edit]

SR 61 begins at an intersection with SR 16 in the North Tazewell neighborhood of the town of Tazewell. SR 16 continues west along Riverside Drive and south as Tazewell Avenue, which heads into the downtown area. SR 61 parallels the Clinch River east through a four-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange with US 19 and US 460 to the neighborhood of Fourway. There, SR 61 turns south, meets a Norfolk Southern Railway rail line at grade, and crosses the North Folk Clinch River. Just south of the river, just east of the confluence of the North and South forks to form the main river, the state highway intersects US 19 Business and US 460 Business (Fincastle Turnpike).[1][4]

SR 61 leaves the town of Tazewell and curves to the east to follow the South Fork Clinch River through the Clinch Valley between Buckhorn Mountain to the north and Rich Mountain to the south. The state highway passes through the hamlet of Burtons Shop on its way to the source of the South Folk just west of the Tennessee Valley Divide in the community of Gratton, where the highway intersects SR 623 (Burkes Garden Road), which leads over Rich Mountain to Burkes Garden.[1][4] SR 61 continues east along Clear Fork through the community of Shawver Mill and enters Bland County. The state highway continues east as Clear Fork Creek Road, which passes through Cove Creek, Stowersville, and Clear Creek on the way to Rocky Gap. SR 61 has a short concurrency with US 52 (Scenic Highway), during the road briefly expands to a four-lane divided highway through a diamond interchange with I-77. The two highways make a sharp turn north, then split in the center of the village where Clear Fork enters Wolf Creek.[2][4]

SR 61 continues east as Wolf Creek Road through the valley of Wolf Creek between Buckhorn Mountain to the north and Wolf Creek Mountain to the south. The highway passes through Round Bottom then enters Giles County.[2][4] SR 61 passes through the tiny communities of Day, Phlegar, First Ford, Boxley, Chapel, Penvir, and Shumate on their way to Narrows. The state highway enters the town as Park Drive, crosses Wolf Creek, and continues as Monroe Street. North of its intersection with SR 100 (Main Street), SR 61 continues as McArthur Lane, which passes under a Norfolk Southern rail line and crosses over the New River and US 460 (Virginia Avenue). The state highway turns east onto Fleshman Street and turns south to reach its eastern terminus at an intersection with US 460.[3][4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1][2][3] km Destinations Notes
Tazewell Tazewell 0.00 0.00 SR 16 (Tazewell Avenue / West Riverside Drive) – Bishop
0.86 1.38 US 19 / US 460 – Bluefield, Claypool Hill Interchange; exit 3 (US 19 / US 460)
2.15 3.46
US 19 Bus. / US 460 Bus. (Fincastle Turnpike)
Gratton SR 623 (Burkes Garden Road) – Burkes Garden former SR 78 south
Bland   26.55 42.73 US 52 south (North Scenic Highway) Western end of US 52 concurrency
  26.61 42.82 I‑77 – Bluefield, Wytheville Exit 64 (I-77)
Rocky Gap 27.01 43.47 US 52 north (North Scenic Highway) – Bluefield Eastern end of US 52 concurrency
Giles Narrows 47.60 76.60 SR 100 south (Main Street) Northern terminus of SR 100
48.16 77.51 US 460 (Virginia Avenue) – Roanoke, Bluefield, WV
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Tazewell County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Bland County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  3. ^ a b c "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Giles County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Google, Inc. "Virginia State Route 61". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Riverside+Dr&daddr=VA-61+E%2FClear+Fork+Creek+Rd+to:Fleshman+St&hl=en&sll=37.235044,-81.118841&sspn=0.050363,0.076818&geocode=FfSaNgIduf4j-w%3BFdMZOAIdqtYp-w%3BFXKvOQIdZgIv-w&mra=ls&t=h&z=10. Retrieved 2011-07-28.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

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